Gifts for Marathon Runners

Gift Guide 2021 | Fleet Feet

Marathon runners spend a lot of time on their feet. While training for a marathon, runners put in hundreds of miles with long runs, tempo runs, speedwork and everything in between, before they get to the start line of the race.

Alongside the best long-distance running shoes and the best running clothes, runners chasing 26.2 (or more) have a lot of options to help the miles fly by. We have cultivated some of the best gear to help keep the marathon runner in your life strong throughout all of the miles of training and race day.

For the long-distance runner in your life, here are top 10 best gifts for marathon runners:

[Updated September 9, 2021. This article is part of our 2021 Gift Guide for Runners. See all the best gifts for runners by price, category and more. Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Check out our gift cards for a gift that keeps on giving.]

Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks

Balega’s Blister Resist No Show running socks perfectly blend nature and technology to create the best no-show, anti-blister running socks. The hand-linked seamless toe, wide arch support band and high heel tab all prevent the sock from slipping into your shoe.

The combination of mohair wool and Balega’s signature Drynamix® moisture wicking fibers, plus specially constructed, reinforced microfiber mesh ventilation panels keep feet cool and dry. Particularly, the additional mohair keeps feet dry and warm in the cold winter months, while providing extra cushion underfoot.

These socks will run for miles and miles, perfect for anyone in marathon training.

Maurten Gel 100

When training for a marathon, your body needs additional sources of energy for running that far, and one popular choice is gels. Maurten set out to create an energy gel that doesn’t upset your stomach. To do that, they harnessed hydrogel technology.

Maurten chemists created the Gel 100 with natural ingredients that transform into a gel when they mingle with the acidity in your stomach. That hydrogel shields the carbs as they pass into your intestines where they can be absorbed and put to use.

The carbs—a mix of fructose and glucose—power your body so you can run, ride or swim longer. With 25 grams of carbs per packet and no artificial flavors or preservatives, Maurten Gel 100 is an easy way to top off your energy when you need it the most.

Nathan Neutron Fire RX

At some point in their training, marathon runners will probably be out before the sun rises or after it goes down. When darkness threatens to cut a run short, the Nathan Neutron Fire RX headlamp can help keep you going.

This run-specific headlamp is light, thanks to a USB-rechargeable battery, and it kicks out 200 lumens of RUN-Right Light™ to let you see where you are going. It also features red, green or blue strobe strips up front, and, as an added bonus, the entire head strap is made of reflective material! This water-resistant headlamp has a burn time of 25+ hours in between charges.

Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest

While running around the neighborhood in the early mornings or evenings, runners also need to make sure that they are seen by drivers and other people. This is where the Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest comes into play.

It gives 360-degree LED illumination, so everybody can see you coming. It’s also incredibly lightweight and adjustable so you can wear it for a night run in the summer with just a tank top or over many layers on a cold winter morning. This is also perfect if your runner is doing any long relay runs that keep them out after dark.

The USB-rechargeable vest will stay bright for three hours on solid and five hours on flash.

Body Glide

Chafing is a problem. Body Glide is the solution.

Body Glide is a sweat- and water-resistant balm that swipes onto high-friction areas, like your inner thigh or your heel, to prevent uncomfortable rubbing or chafing. Unlike some other home remedies, Body Glide goes on dry and doesn’t leave a mess, but it will still protect your skin all day long.

The plant-derived ingredients in Body Glide are safe for use on children, they’re vegan approved and they are never tested on animals. Plus, there’s no petroleum, lanolin or mineral oils.

Packed into a deodorant-like tube, Body Glide is a simple, affordable solution to chafing.

Craft Hybrid Weather Glove

Many marathoners won’t let the cold winter months stop them from running outside. These Craft Hybrid Weather Gloves will keep your hands warm while running.

They are a 2-in-1 glove with the wind and waterproof cover that transforms them into mittens. These are also touch-screen compatible, so you still wear them while uploading your run on Strava or pressing stop on your touchscreen Venu watch after a run.

Garmin Forerunner 745

Data gives you the information you need to train better, and the Garmin Forerunner 745 has plenty of it.

The Forerunner 745 is a high-tech and high-powered GPS running watch packed with sensors that tell you more than just your location. A wrist-based heart-rate monitor keeps tabs on your ticker, and a pulse ox sensor lets you know how well you’re acclimating to altitude.

Garmin’s built-in coaching software can give you estimates of your VO2 max and training status, and it will also suggest recovery times based on your training history. But, at the end of the day, the Forerunner 745’s tracking abilities give you the most important numbers: distance, pace and time.

In the Garmin Forerunner 745 review, Fleet Feet testers loved how easy it was to read the display, and praised the physical buttons that make starting, stopping and switching screens a breeze.

Housed in a durable, waterproof case with a rugged glass lens that looks sharp even in direct sunlight, the Garmin Forerunner 745 is a perfect gift for any marathon runner or triathlete.

CEP Run Socks 3.0

Compression can help encourage blood flow and promote faster recovery times, which make the compressive CEP Run Socks 3.0 a great choice for long-distance runners.

CEP’s latest iteration of the Run Socks provide accurate, graduated compression that helps accelerate the removal of lactic acid during activity. High-performance yarn regulates temperature on hot and cold days, while moisture-wicking properties move sweat away from your skin.

Designed with a longer length to provide compression for your calf, the CEP Run Socks 3.0 delivers all the performance benefits of compression for every mile of your run.

Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro

All of those miles can put quite a toll on the body. The Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro can help those muscles recover. This is a powerful and versatile percussion massager that makes a great gift for marathon runners.

Hyperice engineered the Hypervolt 2 Pro with a strong and quiet motor that delivers five different levels of power to your muscles. The percussive action helps soothe achy muscles and break up knots like never before, leaving your body ready for the next long run.

With five different head attachments to precisely target different muscles and a three-hour battery life, the Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro is a great tool to keep your body in top shape through the grueling marathon training cycle.

OOFOS OOahh Sport Flex Sandals

When you are logging hundreds of miles, recovery is just as important. These sandals offer a sleek design, next-level comfort, and absorb 37 percent more impact than standard cushioning foam thanks to its signature OOfoam technology.

On top of amazingly comfortable cushioning, the Sports Flex sandal provides an adjustable OOfoam strap for even better support and an optimal fit. Choose from different vibrant colorways to make your statement in style.

The closed-cell foam is machine washable, and the uniquely designed footbed cradles your arches, enabling a more natural walking motion and taking stress off your joints. These sandals are amazing to put on after a long run or race.

Fleet Feet Gift Card

Any runner can always use a gift card to Fleet Feet. These can be used both online, or at any of the 180+ Fleet Feet retail locations, where they can experience our Fit Process that utilizes 3D fit id® foot scanning technology to find the perfect shoe for them.

How We Picked the Best Gifts

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running (and gifting). What makes the perfect gift for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that runner. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners pick out the right gear for decades, so we know a thing or two about making picking out the perfect gifts for them.

We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gifts. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations. Plus, as people who live and breathe running, we know what we would like to unwrap ourselves.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best gifts based on what we think will work for the most people in the most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.

Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.